Puppies are cute and smart and full of energy. They melt our hearts and tire us out in equal measure. Probably the hardest part about a new puppy is that they don’t know the rules of your house: what not to chew, who not to chase, and where not to go to the bathroom. Potty-training can be one of the most exasperating times in your life with a new puppy. Here are five tips to make it easier for you and your pup.

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Supervise your pup at all times

It is much easier to prevent accidents than to discover them hours after they’ve occurred. While your pup is potty-training, keep him with you at all times. Close doors to rooms you are not using, set up baby-gates, or keep your puppy on a leash. As you play with and supervise your puppy, you will start to notice how he behaves when he has to eliminate. Often he will start sniffing around, try to sneak off somewhere private, or even start whining. These are sure signs that he needs to go out.

Take your puppy out often

Your puppy has very little bladder or bowel control when he is young. He will need to go out every time he wakes from a nap, eats, drinks, or plays energetically. When in doubt, take him out.

Come up with a command for eliminating

This will make your life so much easier as your pup grows up. Come up with a command that you will use only when you want your pup to eliminate. Make sure it is a command that you are comfortable using in public. “Go pee,” might not be the best choice. Common commands are, “do your business,” or, “get busy.” Whenever you take your pup out, bring him to the spot you have chosen for him. When he does eliminate, say your chosen command and praise him lavishly. He’ll get the hang of it in no time.

Consider crate-training

Crates can be a dog-owner’s best friend. Because you’re pup needs constant supervision at this stage, it’s a good idea to crate him when you can’t be with him. This keeps him out of trouble, and keeps you from getting angry. Make your pup’s crate a special place by offering him chew toys, bones, and soft bedding. Most pups will not eliminate where they sleep, so this is a great way to prevent accidents.

Clean up messes promptly

If your dog does have an accident, don’t get angry. Take him outside, put him in his crate, and clean up the mess. Use a good cleaner that can eliminate the smell completely, so your dog isn't tempted to use that spot again.

Potty-training takes patience and persistence, but puppies learn quickly, and after a few weeks of this routine, your pup should be accident free.

 

Rianne Hunter

Rianne Hunter is a wife, mother of three humans and one pup, and an independent writer on a broad range of subjects like home, family, and pets. She recommends getting great helpful tools and products for potty-training such as the UrineBeGone.com odor removal tool.

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The health of a family pet is universal in many homes across the world. Family pets often become a major part of the family and require ongoing health care planning for a lifetime of wellness. There are a few major vaccinations that can be added insurance for pet owners to ensure a more robust lifestyle for all your furry friends: 

The Top 5 Vaccinations Pets Should Have for Health
Rabies

Rabies is a very common infection found in the wild and should be done in a regular series to prevent future infection. It is contagious among most animals and fatal for both humans and pets. Booster series are usually done after the first year of the initial vaccination.

Canine Distemper

Canine distemper is the equivalent of the FPV vaccination in felines. The vaccination has a wide range of protection against respiratory infection as well as gastrointestinal and central nervous system infections.

Feline Viral rhinotracheitis-calcivirus-panleukopenia (FVRCP)

Don't let the long name of this vaccine deter you. This vaccine is a highly routine vaccine for felines due to the wide range of treatment. One of the most common types of vaccinations to receive at any animal pharmacy in Willoughby or other local areas is one that effectively aid in prevention of multiple viruses in one shot. These can easily be compared to the human version of the MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) vaccine given at birth. Cats receive the FVRCP vaccination for preventing three main virus strains:

  • Calcivirus
  • Panleukopenia
  • Feline Viral Rhinotracheitis

Bordetella

Bordetella vaccination is not as common as others. However, this vaccine should be a part of every preventative arsenal in pets. It is commonly known as "kennel cough" in dogs and can remain dormant in animals until the virus interacts with other animals in closed environments. Consider this vaccine if plans call for boarding or outdoor life.

Leptospirosis

One bacterial infection that is shown to cause a wide range of symptoms that can affect all dogs in particular is Leptospirosis. It can be an insidious disease that goes in hiding during initial infection. Dogs do not necessarily show illness at first. Susceptibility is more common for outdoor pets.

Vaccination is just one component of the healthcare plan of a pet. However, it is probably the most effective early on at preventing more serious illness and healthcare costs. These major vaccinations often work together at preventing more aggressive strains of virus from developing. 

 

Lizzie WeakleyLizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. She went to college at The Ohio State University where she studied communications. She enjoys the outdoors and long walks in the park with her 3-year-old husky Snowball. If you like Lizzie's writing style, follow her on Twitter @LizzieWeakley or find her on Facebook

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Everyday there is something to be noticed regarding the already inexhaustible problem of the world's growing pet population. Whether an international foundation on television speaks to your heart, or you simply find a cat or dog on the side of the road, there are precautions to consider before bringing an unfamiliar animal into your care.

Pet Rescue

Side-of-the-Road Savvy

Picking up stray animals off of the side of any road should always be approached with caution. A tender human heart wanting to help or protect an innocent animal is often not enough to assure the safety of the animal or the person. Proper pet rescuing needs a discerning eye. Questions like these should be considered: Is the animal visibly injured or scared? Is there evidence of other litter mates or parents around? Is behavior erratic or unusual? Do I have a secured measure of transporting such as a covered box or crate? Once you have the proper supplies, approaching the animal should be done cautiously.

The Downside of Strays

Stray animals sadly are everywhere. Often, these creatures are on the hunt for either food, shelter, or a place to die due to disease or injury. Depending on the circumstance it is difficult to tell what the animal's needs are simply by looking. Picking up strays always runs the risk of health concerns and domestication. Many stray animals are met with debilitating problems such as heart worms and mange. Many females are often pregnant, so you may want to consider talking to a Willoughby neutering service after the babies are born and given away. If money is little-to-no-object, be prepared for handling expensive and often ongoing costs of health care.

Missing or Lost Pets

New owners of stray animals should be aware there are times when strays are not actually strays at all, but simply pets which have simply lost their way from good homes. Being able to save an animal or lost pet is its own reward. New owners of strays need to make sure all efforts to return pets to original owners have been exhausted before deciding to keep them.

Love and compassion between man and beast have funny ways of just happening when the hearts of an animal in need and a caring human being come together. It can also be a very exciting time when a cat or dog finds you, instead of the other way around. Stray animals can make wonderful family pet additions. By giving your stray all the medical attention, food and shelter needed, a happy life with your stray can truly begin.

 

Brooke ChaplanBrooke Chaplan is a freelance writer and blogger. She has lived and worked in her home in Los Lunas, New Mexico after her graduation from the University of New Mexico. Contact her via Twitter @BrookeChaplan.”

 

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